The season home opener of the Cochrane Generals is Saturday night.

A much improved High River Flyers are in town for a game that starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Cochrane Arena.

Gens head coach Kurtis Jones says he's expecting it to be a challenging game. The Flyers won their first two games on the opening weekend.

"I expect a whole turnaround from that group. They've done a very good job of bringing players into their organization, so it's going to be a good game. As I said to our guys, we don't take any game lightly, and this is not a team to take lightly. They can beat us."

The Generals have been returned to the south division after one season as the top team in the north.

To kick off the game, the Gens new lineup will be introduced. Lyle and Denean Thorsen, of Rocky View Brewing Co. will drop the ceremonial puck. It coincides with the availability of The General beer at home games.

The Gens already have two games under their belt and come into the weekend with a 1-1 record. They lost 6-4 to the rough and tumble Okotoks Bisons, then cruised to an 11-4 win over the Strathmore Wheatland Kings.

Sunday, they had to Coaldale to face the Copperheads. The Copperheads are also known for their physical play.

Caden Stephenson remains on the injured list after a vicious attack in the season opener in Okotoks. Ethan Mateice has also been sidelined with an injury.

Caden Stephenson Caden Stephenson won't be in the lineup and continues to recover from a savage attack by Bison Simon Smith-Burness. (file photo)